Noh Training Project Japan – Summer 2019

Presented by The Kita School of Noh & Theatre Nohgaku

• Movement and Voice •

Noh Basics: Kata Boot Camp

Master basic noh movement patterns through inventive pedagogy. Traditional noh performers start training as children so that movement is second nature to them. Amateur noh performers often study with a teacher 2 or 3 times a month, developing fluency over a lifetime of practice in a way that resembles martial arts training. Led by Kita School’s sole professional female shite Kinue Oshima, we have developed a 3-day intensive mini-course to give participants confidence in the basics of noh movement and chant, crucial preparation for the following 3-week workshop. (limit 12)

WHAT: Noh Basics: Kata Boot Camp
WHERE: Fukuyama, Japan
WHEN: June 19 – July 21, 2019
COST: ¥25,000

Noh Chant, Movement, Instruments: Power through Resistance

Teruhisa Oshima leads a team of Kita School professionals in an unforgettable 3 weeks of training focused on chant (utai) and dance (shimai). First-time participants will receive an introduction to noh instruments (hayashi ), and returning participants will deepen their focus on chant and drumming. Includes tickets to three professional noh performances. First-time participants: ¥120,000 (includes tuition, two pair of white tabi, rehearsal fan, printed materials and translations, practice wear, pictures of final recital and DVD). Returning participants who already have full practice wear: ¥85,000 (limit 12)

This workshop is physically strenuous and requires frequent kneeling, standing, and sustained concentration. Participants should expect to focus exclusively on the workshop for the full three weeks in order to receive the maximum benefit.

WHAT: Noh Chant, Movement, Instruments: Power through Resistance
WHERE: Tokyo, Japan
WHEN: June 23 – July 12, 2019
COST: ¥120,000 (first time) ¥85,000(returning student)

Tuition includes:
* Participation fee
* Materials for seminars
* Practice fan (for those without one)

Tuition does NOT include:
*Transportation, accommodation or daily expenses

The workshop is limited to 6 beginner participants, and 6 for those with prior experience. Early registration highly recommended.

• Art and Skill •

Noh Costuming: Sculpting Silk

See how noh costumes are made, learn what they mean, and experience how they are worn. Japanese textile expert and noh scholar Monica Bethe serves as guide and Kita School professionals provide costuming lessons in a workshop that features visits to fabric dyers, weavers, and embroiderers, as well as attendance at a professional noh rehearsal and subsequent full performance. (limit 8)

WHAT: Noh Costuming: Sculpting Silk
WHERE: Kyoto - Fukuyama, Japan
WHEN: June 10 – June 18, 2019
COST: ¥100,000

Noh Mask Making: Revealing the Mask

3-week mask making workshop led by master carver Hideta Kitazawa. Participants will create their own noh masks, starting with a woodblock, proceeding through carving and concluding with painting. (includes all materials, plus tuition for chant portion of “Power Through Resistance”) (limit 3)

WHAT: Noh Mask Making: Revealing the Mask
WHERE: Tokyo, Japan
WHEN: June 23-July 12 , 2019
COST: ¥85,000

• Ancient and Modern •

Writing New Noh: Pause between Silence

July 15-19 :
A 5-day intensive writing workshop in the basics of noh structure, designed to encourage participants to write sections of new pieces in their own languages. (limit 8)

WHAT: Writing New Noh: Pause between Silence
WHERE: Tokyo, Japan
WHEN: July 15 – July 19 , 2019
COST: ¥50,000

Experimenting with Noh: Noh Time Is a Presence

This workshop will ask participants to apply techniques they have learned over the course of the workshop to new work. Evening sessions will be dedicated to creating and sharing short pieces. (Tokyo) ¥20,000 (open only to returning participants)

WHAT: Experimenting with Noh: Noh Time Is a Presence
WHERE: Tokyo, Japan
WHEN: July 15 – July 19 , 2019
COST: ¥20,000

All the above workshop fees do not include airfare, ground transportation, housing accommodations or food.

If you need assistance finding accommodation, please contact us!

For more information and how to register, please contact us:

[OR – ntp.japan.summer "at" gmail "dot" com]

Noh Training in the United States - Summer 2019

NOH AS PRACTICE: Mind and Body in Performance
Hosted by the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, Bloomsburg, PA
July 21-August 3, 2019

A two-week immersion in the development of mind/body awareness through daily training in the dance and chant of Japanese noh, meditation classes, and Alexander Technique.

FOR INQUIRIES, OR TO APPLY please contact “at” gmail “dot”com

Noh Chant and Dance
The ancient Japanese stage art of noh has much to teach contemporary theater artists, dancers, musicians, poets and others about the power of mind/body awareness both in their creative work and in their lives. Noh as Practice is a two-week workshop primarily focused on giving students an introduction to noh utai (chant) and shimai (dance) as traditionally practiced by the Kita School of noh. Basic instruction will be provided by senior members of Theatre Nohgaku, a troupe dedicated to creating new theater pieces in English using noh performance techniques. Master classes will be taught by professional Noh performer Kinue Oshima. The workshop will conclude with a student recital, with performers dressed in traditional montsuki (crested kimono) and hakama (divided skirts).

To further hone concentration, amplify stage presence, and open new aesthetic vistas for creative work, Noh as Practice includes exercises in other disciplines including Alexander Technique and meditation.

The Alexander Technique (AT)
AT is a psycho-physical re-education system developed by F.M. Alexander (1869-1955). Inspired by difficulties he experienced as an actor, his work evolved and its impact on personal habits and general health and well-being became evident to notable people of his time including John Dewey, George Bernard Shaw, Aldous Huxley and many others.. More recently AT has benefited from medical research confirming many of its beneficial effects, particularly with regards to chronic health issues like back pain. Still, AT is closely linked with theatre and Mr. Dubroff’s work focuses on the practical means it gives actors to address issues which may prevent them from using their primary instruments of body, voice, and mind, as effectively and expressively as possible.

Sitting Meditation
Classes will practice together, doing silent seated meditation, to cultivate mindfulness and concentration. Through this practice, we can begin to learn to bring mindful awareness to all aspects of our lives. "When we practice mindfulness ... we are training the mind to be light, powerful, and flexible but also able to concentrate on what we ask it to focus on." - Jan Chozen Bays, Roshi

Faculty Bios
Elizabeth Dowd Noh Instructor and Program Director
Elizabeth began her study of noh in 1992 through a Creative Artist Fellowship from the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. That experience led her to co-found with Richard Emmert the Noh Training Project at the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble, where she served as Producing Director and faculty for twenty years. . A founding member of Theatre Nohgaku, Elizabeth has toured in TN productions of At The Hawk’s Well, Pine Barrens, Crazy Jane, Pagoda, Sumida River, and Blue Moon Over Memphis. She is the author of Gettysburg, an American noh.

Matthew Dubroff Noh and Alexander Technique Instructor
Matthew Dubroff has been studying and performing noh for more than 25 years. He has trained in Japan since 1990 with master actors and musicians for several years and got his M.F.A. in Asian Theatre Performance from the University of Hawai'i. The Japanese Ministry of Education granted him a Monbusho Scholarship for two years of training and research in Japan. He has been both a teacher and student of the Noh Training Project at BTE since 1999. He is a founding member of Theatre Nohgaku and performs with them on a regular basis. In 2018 he translated and directed the noh play Atsumori for a production at Hampden-Sydney College where he teaches theatre and is the Chair of the Department of Fine Arts. Dubroff is also a teacher of the Alexander Technique (AT). He has studied AT for over 30 years and trained at the Alexander Technique Training Centre in Charlottesville, Virginia where he became a certified teacher of AT in 2002. He is certified by the American Society for the Alexander Technique and currently serves on their national board. He has trained with teachers around the United States, In England, Israel and Japan. He teaches privately and in-group sessions around the world and focuses his work on AT within a theatrical context.

Kinue Oshima Noh Master Teacher
Kinue Oshima is a professional shite-kata a ctor of the Kita-ryu (Kita School) and a member of
Nohgaku Kyokai (union). She is a graduate of Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music specializing in the instruments of noh. She began her career on stage at the age of two performing in the noh, Kuruma Tengu . She received her training from both her grandfather Hisami and father Masanobu. In 1998 she became a registered member of the Nohgaku Kyokai as the first female member of the Kita-ryu. In 2009 and 2011 she was the shite in the European and Asian tours of the English language noh, Pagoda . In 2008 she was a noh chant and dance instructor at the University of Hawaii for their production of Sumida River in English and performed the shite role in English as part of the Where Rivers Meet tour organized by University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. Assisting her father in 2001, she led classes in noh at the National Art Academy of Taiwan. She participated as a performer in tours to the Netherlands/Belgium, France, Bulgaria, and various Baltic nations in 2002. She was awarded the "Prefectural Culture Cultivation Prize" from the Kenshin Scholarship Culture Promoting Foundation in 2005. She is a Visiting Professor at Hijiyama University and a Part-time Lecturer at Hiroshima University, Elizabeth Music College, Fukuyama Women's College, Okayama San'yo Senior High School, and Okayama Sankun Elementary School.

Jean Ann Wertz Meditation Instructor
Jean Ann Wertz's lifelong interest in Zen Buddhism eventually led her to Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper, NY, where she became a formal student in the Mountains and Rivers Order. She lived at the monastery as a full-time resident from 2011 through 2015, and more recently practiced for six months as a writer-in-residence at the Zen Center of New York City, the monastery’s branch temple. Jean Ann is a poet and an award-winning playwright. Her interest in Noh began while studying for her MFA in Creative Writing at Goddard College, where her advisors included Deborah Brevoort (“Blue Moon Over Memphis”) and Kenny Fries (“In the Province of the Gods”). She was the recipient of a State of Connecticut Artistic Fellowship in Playwriting and has studied Noh in Japan, Bloomsburg, PA, and other places .

Week 1 schedule (tentative)
8:30-9:00am meditation 9:00-10:15am Alexander Technique 10:30-11:30am utai (chant) 11:30-12:30pm kata drills 12:30-2:00pm lunch
2:00-4:30pm shimai (dance) 4:30-5:00pm –meditation

Week 2 schedule (tentative)
8:30-9:00am meditation
9:00-10:15am AT
10:30-11:30am utai
11:30-12:30pm shimai
12:30-2:00pm lunch
2:00-4:30pm (returning students and TN members) - shimai with Oshima sensei/ first year students review with TN faculty
4:30-5:30pm - AT 5:30-6:00pm meditation

Program Fee and Payment Options
$1200 ($1150 cash or check discount) includes housing, tuition, master classes, study material and dance fan. To reserve your place, please remit the full amount no later than May 31, 2019.

Payment by check in the amount of $1150 should be sent to:
Theatre Nohgaku
Lluis Valls

1266 48th Ave.

San Francisco, CA 94122

Payment through PayPal in the amount of $1200 can be made here:

Bloomsburg, PA is located 40 miles southwest of Wilkes-Barre, PA, off of Route 80 in northeastern PA in the Susquehanna Valley ( ).
Nearest airports:
Avoca (Wilkes-Barre) PA (1 hour drive from Bloomsburg) Harrisburg, PA (1hr 45 min)
Allentown, PA (1 hr 45 min)
Philadelphia (2 hr 30 minutes)
Newark, NY (2hr 30 minutes)
Airport pickup available for a fee: Wilkes-Barre ($25) Allentown/Harrisburg ($50) Philly/Newark ($75)
Buses/shuttles are also available from NYC

Housing is included in the tuition fee. Housing is sub-contracted through Honeysuckle Student
Apts: . Housing consists of an apt with 4 private bedrooms and 2 baths per unit and dining area and social rooms. Washer and dryer in apt. Kitchen with stove, refrigerator, microwave. Basic cookware (coffee pot/toaster/pots and pans/silverware/plates/glasses, etc) supplied by NTP.

FOR INQUIRIES, OR TO APPLY please contact “at” gmail “dot”com